Total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma top 97,000

COVID-19 REPORT: Total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma top 97,000


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STAFF REPORTS


10/09/2020 04:30 PM

The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s data showed a total of 32,499 coronavirus cases with 28,067 recovered, 4,022 active and 410 deaths in the 14 counties that make up the Cherokee Nation. TERRIS HOWARD/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s data on its website showed Friday the state’s total number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began now sets at 97,088 with 82,482 listed as recovered, 13,515 active and 1,091 deceased. Of the more than 13,500 active cases, 749 are hospitalized.

The number of active cases in the state increased by 325 from Thursday’s reported total of 13,190. The state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by 52 from the previous reported total.

In the 14 counties that make up the Cherokee Nation, the state’s data showed a total of 32,499 coronavirus cases with 28,067 recovered, 4,022 active and 410 deceased. The number of active cases in the 14 counties increased by 255 from Thursday’s number of active cases.

As of Oct. 9, numbers, from the Cherokee Nation, show 2,569 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the tribe’s health system since the pandemic began.

A statement from Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. on the tribe’s website implored everyone to do their part in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.



“We must all act to stay healthy, monitoring our own health and that of our family, limiting travel, if possible, and checking on our elders who are most vulnerable,” Hoskin said. “The Cherokee Nation has secured federal funding to help us combat and treat any coronavirus cases, ensure our medical staff are trained to identify, treat and respond to patients efficiently and have the ability to do our own testing.”



The tribe announced on its Facebook page that beginning June 8 the COVID-19 drive-thru screening clinics will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon at all Cherokee Nation health facilities due to extreme heat temperatures.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.



The Cherokee Nation established a call center with the number 833-528-0063 for tribal citizens who have questions about COVID-19. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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